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  • Arraignment

    After charges are referred to court-martial by the Convening Authority, the accused must be arraigned. Arraignment consists of a reading of the charges and specifications to the accused during a court-martial session. After the charges are read, the accused is then allowed, but not required, to plead either guilty or not guilty to the charges, though entry of pleas often takes place at a later session of court. Once arraignment has been completed, the convening authority may not refer new charges to the same court-martial for which the accused was arraigned.

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